Film: The Help


The Help
 could help the Church stand up for justice

Film reviewer Martin Saunders says that a new movie about black civil rights should inspire Christians ‘to ask God to show us where things are not right; to bring us to tears over injustice.’ T

he Help, which opens in the UK on 28 October, was a surprise US box office hit. The story, based on a best-selling book, centres around black female maids serving rich white women in 1960s Mississippi.The film is a well-constructed piece that remains loyal to Stockett’s text and demonstrates the fear, discrimination and seething hatred that was so apparent during the 1960′s of KKK riddled Jackson, Mississippi.

The central point of the film is that both black and white characters claim that their actions are dictated by their Christian faith.

Saunders writes: ‘There are still issues today on which substantial numbers of Christians stand on opposing sides – each group utterly convinced that they are in the right … The Help doesn’t give us easy answers, but it does illustrate that both sides can’t be right.’

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